Effect Of Symbol Towards Emerging Nations ; A Critical Evaluation Of The Historic Star Of David In The Biafra Flag

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Historic Star Of David In The Biafra Flag

ABSTRACT

On April 18th 2020, the indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) , a Biafra separatist organization in Nigeria which have the people’s mandate  to restore an independent state of Biafra in the former Eastern Region of  Nigeria through an independence referendum modified  its nation’s flag. Chukwu S.O (2020). The new flag shares some similarities with its predecessor; they both feature a horizontal tricolour of red, black, and green, charged with a golden rising sun over a golden bar as their primary colour. However, the similarities end there. The new flag features “a hexagram star “designed to depict the historical star of David in the bible (Ebonyi TV Reports 2020).

OBJECTIVES

The main thrust  of this paper is to investigate the impact of the modified Biafra flag with  a hexagram star and its influence towards the restoration of Biafra. In carrying out this study a descriptive research design were adopted to guide the three research questions and objectives posited in the study.

METHODOLOGY

A structured questionnaire was designed by the researcher and administered on the respondents. It have 8 multiple- choice questions structured from the research questions. It seek to elicit the respondents’ views and feelings about the historical hexagram star of David in the Biafra flag.

FINDINGS

From the findings of the study, it was revealed that the hexagram star of David is of great importance in tracing the historical roots of Biafra, and Igbo culture. The study also discovered that nation like Israel which shares the hexagram star in their flag will support Biafra restoration.

CONCLUSION

The study concluded that although it is true that we increasingly become “global citizens,” we also continue to draw upon our national identity to understand ourselves. As new countries continue to be created, including recent addition  of an emerging Biafra state, the importance of national symbols in forging national identity should not be discounted. While globalism increases due to technology, economics, and politics, national symbols remain powerful tools in maintaining nation’s corporate identity and historical antecedent  . Because people are social creatures who desire a sense of belonging, the nation remains an important basis for identity worldwide.

RECOMMENDATIONS

The study among others  recommend that the modified Biafra flag should be emphatically redesigned with latest 3D technology capable of displaying  the star of David  in its full form.It also recommends that adequate sensitization should be carried out to educate people on the true reflections of the hexagram star.